Tuesday — September 3, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, Forbes profiles Justin Shaifer who will host WGBH’s Escape Lab, a new live science game show on Twitch, a teacher in Battle Creek, Michigan has incorporated partner portions on math exams to reflect collaboration in real-world STEM problem solving, a teacher in Cobb County Georgia shares how their school transitioned from STEM to STEAM, and Virginia Tech …


Justin Shaifer Is The Emerging STEM Personality We Need to Hear (Forbes)

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Justin Shaifer is not the average science guy we’ve come to expect on shows. There’s no pretense to detect and his delivery matches the youthful swag of generation who grew up when hip-hop went mainstream. His kid-friendly, science loving alter ego Mr. Fascinate, who makes science look cool, is more so the “science bro” than the science guy. He’s the science …


Friday — August 30, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, CNET profiles Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani and her 2019 book Brave, Not Perfect, Clayton County Schools in Georgia nabs $1.2M Gates Foundation grant to transform math instruction, a $4.8M grant from NSF will help community college students transfer to the University of Arizona and major in STEM, applications open for APS and the Phoenix Suns’ STEM Teaching …


Girls Who Code is ready for world domination (CNET)

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When Reshma Saujani looks at the US Capitol from a building across the street, it reminds her of a story she cites often, about how she ran a primary bid for Congress in 2010 against a Democratic incumbent in New York City and lost. The Girls Who Code founder and CEO recounts the defeat in her 2019 book Brave, Not Perfect, in the …


Thursday — August 29, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, College Board drops plans for an ‘Adversity Score’ for SAT test-takers, a federal law expands scholarships for veterans studying STEM, CU Boulder opens new Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building, Bentley University scores $1.4M NSF grant to combine STEM and Business learning, and Discovery Education and the Arconic Foundation to host the Manufacture Your Future Self Virtual Field Trip on …


Building a Bridge to STEM Degrees for Transfer Students (University of Arizona)

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A $4.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help create a stronger path for Pima Community College students who transfer to the University of Arizona to pursue bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. Over five years, the grant will provide scholarships to 94 eligible students who are pursuing associate degrees at Pima Community College with the intention of transferring …


Clayton Schools wins $1 million Gates Foundation grant for math instruction (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded Clayton County Schools a $1 million grant to help educators teach math to middle schoolers. The Gates Curriculum Implementation Grant will help the south metro school system develop instruction methods to improve math scores for the district of 55,000 students. It also offers teachers training to improve their skills. “Clayton County Public Schools …


Wednesday — August 28, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, FIRST Lego League expands to reach younger students (4-6 year-olds),  MIND Research Institute blog shares how to incorporate math games into the classroom, NASA is considering an all-women crew for the Artemis moon mission, Ithaca College to use $1.1M NSF grant to help curb STEM teacher shortage, and the San Antonio Business Journal profiles how the Air …


College Board Drops Its ‘Adversity Score’ For Each Student After Backlash (NPR)

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The College Board is dropping its plan to give SAT-takers a single score that captures a student’s economic hardship. The change comes after blowback from university officials and parents of those taking the college admissions exam. Announced in May, the “adversity score” was intended to assess the kind of neighborhood the student came from, including factors such as the portion …


LEGO Ed and FIRST Launch League for Younger Students (T.H.E. Journal)

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Two STEM education organizations have committed to reaching some of the youngest learners. LEGO Education and FIRST launched a new program for four- to -six-year-olds. The FIRST LEGO League Jr. Discovery Edition will invite teams of four children to build a solution to a given challenge using LEGO DUPLO pieces. The goals are to help them gain confidence, begin to develop skills for facing future challenges …


Tuesday — August 27, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, a brewery in Colorado raises money for STEM School Highland Ranch school shooting victim Kendrick Castillo and the robotics club he was a part of, NCWIT releases longitudinal study and roadmap for girls in tech careers, the University of Maryland announces it will open a campus near Amazon’s HQ2 in Northern Virginia, and an Axonify study finds 76% …


New NCWIT Study Outlines Roadmap For Bringing More Girls Into Tech (Forbes)

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Pumpkin spice lattes at coffee bars and backpacks in store windows can only mean one thing: it’s back to school season. But for those parents with aspiring female technologists returning to the classroom or people with a vested interest in the future of the tech industry, there is something new and even more important on the menu this year.  The …


Monday — August 26, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, Abbott showcases its blueprint for creating a high school STEM internship for girls and rings in the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Women’s Equality Day, Samsung launches the Solve for Tomorrow Teachers Academy, IndyCar hosts STEM kart building event, and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy helps launch the STEM Innovation Fellowship at Montclair State. …



NASA considering all-female crew for Artemis moon mission (CNET)

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NASA has been saying it wants to put the first woman and the next man on the moon for its Artemis 2024 mission. But that might change to become the first two women on the moon. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine addressed engineering students at the University of Colorado Boulder on Friday. The school livestreamed the session on social media. A student asked near …


For Young Female Coders, Internship Interviews Can Be Toxic (WIRED)

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IN 2018, MEI’LANI Eyre, an 18-year-old computer science student at Cascadia College in Washington state, was in the middle of a phone interview with a hotshot Y Combinator–funded tech company, when the interviewer barked at her to stop talking and just code. “But with that kind of bass in his voice,” Eyre says. “You can hear when they snap at you.” …


Thursday — August 22, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, OpenSciEd project provides free science materials to help teachers meet Next Generation Science Standards, Oregon’s Columbia Gorge STEM Hub selects student Chief Science Officers to serve as STEM ambassadors in their schools, a new study finds that students earned about 2% more each year for each advanced or upper-level vocational class or CTE class they completed in high school, and Wichita …


Reliability concerns raised over pi-top’s STEM learning laptop (TechCrunch)

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TechCrunch has learned of a safety issue and a number of product reliability questions being raised about a modular computer made by a London edtech startup that’s intended for children to learn coding and electronics. The product, called the pi-top 3, is a Raspberry Pi-powered laptop with a keyboard that slides out to access a rail for breadboarding electronics. A student …


Wednesday — August 21, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, College Board finds that the number of women and students of color taking AP Computer Science Principles has more than doubled since its launch 3 years ago, Grit Daily profiles 5 video games that teach STEM skills, Zane State receives NSF grant to improve math gateway courses for STEM projects, the University of Scranton kicks off new STEM …


How Revising Math Exams Turns Students Into Learners, Not Processors (Mind/Shift KQED)

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Teacher Sandra Cover glanced up at the sound of cheers. Two juniors slapped their hands together in a triumphant high-five, like doubles players celebrating a tennis victory. In reality, the girls had just solved a proof on a trigonometry exam. For their teacher, the moment was as sweet as scoring a match point, because it showed how much her students’ …